KATY, Texas (AP) Zeek Woodley scored 34 points, two off a career high, and fourth-seeded Northwestern State ran away from fifth-seeded McNeese State 96-89 to advance in the Southland Conference tournament on Thursday.
Northwestern State (19-11) will face No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin (27-4) on Friday in the semifinals.
Woodley was 14 of 17 from the floor with three 3-pointers and nine rebounds.
Woodley's dunk with 28 seconds left in the first half put Northwestern State up 41-34 at the break. The lead exploded to 13 just 1 1/2 minutes into the second half after 3s by Ta'Jon Welcome and Jalan West, sandwiched around another Woodley dunk. West finished with 24 points and 12 assists.
A 10-point run later in the half pushed the lead over 20 points. McNeese scored the last 10 points of the game to make the score respectable.